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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Mar 19, 2011 3:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: More Owsley

I was wondering if the sonic historians around here could chime in. In almost everything I've read in the past days about Owsley, he is given credit for creating the Wall of Sound. Was that really true? Are others gnashing their teeth right about now?

BTW - for a further example how much of a wrinkle in society that the Dead were, read this one. Who knew that the success of the LA Lakers is due, in part, to the Dead ethos? First successful business acumen and now this.

http://www.foxsportswest.com/msn/03/17/11/The-spirit-of-the-60s-lives-on-with-Jack/landing_witz.html?blockID=443275&;feedID=3687

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Mar 19, 2011 9:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Owsley

I'm not gnashing my teeth because, although others were involved and did a great deal of re-working, perfecting, tweaking, etc, the primary concept and push came from Owsley. He was, by a million miles, the single most important person behind the creation of the Wall, including any member of the band.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Mar 19, 2011 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Owsley

From the NYT - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/19/opinion/19walker.html?_r=1&;hp

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Poster: splue Date: Mar 19, 2011 7:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Owsley

i thot the whole wall of sound thingy was that guy who shot the actress in his mansion????? thank u E tv

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Poster: cb18201 Date: Mar 23, 2011 3:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Owsley

phil spectors so called "wall of sound" was a joke. All he did was add more people to the recording. having multiple guitars and other instruments all playing at the same time instead of overdubbing. im pretty sure this sound was then pumped into some kind of echo chamber to give it an even fuller sound.

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Poster: reviewr Date: Mar 19, 2011 8:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Owsley

You're thinking of Phil Spector, who was known for his studio work (including Beatles' Let It Be). The "wall of sound" spoken of here refers to GD's live set-up in '74. Isn't it great to see how the Dead have become such a fabric of society? I even heard them in the grocery store recently.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 19, 2011 5:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Owsley

Owsley did design the Wall of Sound. That said, it was a product of teamwork - Dan Healy, Ron Wickersham, and others on the Alembic team also contributed in building it. But the initial concept was Bear's.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Mar 19, 2011 6:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More Owsley

Thanks.

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